10.30pm Chelsea news LIVE: Kante OUT for five games, Willian passes British citizenship test, Giroud to Lazio transfer – The Sun

FRANK Lampard is ruffling some feathers with the Chelsea hierarchy over poor recent results and his treatment of Kepa.

And his problems don't stop there with N'Golo Kante looking set to miss the next five fixtures for the Blues.

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    Some Chelsea fans are calling for Frank Lampard to throw 18-year-old Scottish wonderkid Billy Gilmour straight into the action against Tottenham on Saturday.

    After a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday night the Blues need to bounce back as they look to hang on to their fourth-placed spot in the Premier League.

    Boss Lampard only just promoted Chelsea's talented youngster into the first-team squad but that is not enough for some of the Stamford Bridge faithful.

    The Blues are only one point ahead of Spurs and a positive result is crucial for Chelsea's quest to qualify for the Champions League.


    Willian has made a statement of intent to stay in London… by passing the British citizenship test.

    The Brazilian told the Players' Tribune: “If you ask my wife if she wants to leave London, she'll say no.

    “My daughters feel the same way. Of course, Brazil is Brazil, right? It's our home, our culture.

    “We always feel good when we go there on holiday and see family and friends. But London is my second home.

    “I recently passed a British citizenship test. Man, it was hard.

    “It's British history in a nutshell: the 1500s, the 1600s, wars, battles, great leaders, stuff like that.

    “Some questions are so difficult that not even some of my British friends knew the answers!

    “I bought this handbook called Life in the UK Test, which covers everything in the exam.

    “I don't know how many hours I spent reading it. I also downloaded a phone app with mock tests.

    “As it turned out, I failed on my first two attempts, but got it on the third. I am now a British citizen!

    “So London is where I want to stay. This is where I have my family, my church. I want my daughters to grow up here.

    “Whenever I get back to the dressing room, I want to keep seeing their messages. I want to keep hearing their love and encouragement.”


    Gary Lineker was impressed with Chelsea's on loan Ethan Ampadu as he starred for Red Bull Leipzig last night in the Champions League against Tottenham.

    Former Spurs striker Lineker cannot have enjoyed watching his old side go down 1-0 at their new stadium but Welsh ace Ampadu clearly caught his eye.

    Lineker described the former Exeter City youngster as “very talented” and was pleased to see him “bossing his team-mates throughout the 90 minutes”.


    New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech failed to impress for Ajax against Getafe in the Europa League Round of 32.

    Ziyech will move to Stamford Bridge in the summer for £37million but the Moroccan international's display failed to live up to the hype.

    Instead it was Chelsea midfielder Kenedy – on loan at Getafe – who took the plaudits.

    He scored one of his side's two goals as the Spanish side were good value for their 2-0 win going into the second leg.


    Chelsea outcast Emerson Palmieri is wanted by Juventus and Inter Milan, according to reports.

    The left-back has fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard but could be rescued from the cold by the Serie A giants.

    The Italian international has made just 14 Premier League appearances under Lampard this campaign and his Blues career looks like it could soon come to an end.

    Emerson's agent Luis Fernando Garcia has spoken out on the matter and confirmed the Italian giants are keen.

    He told Juvenews: “We know very well about Juventus' interest but also about Inter.

    “So far there has been no talk of a transfer with Chelsea, nor has there been any official offer.

    “I believe that until May there will be no official offers from the two clubs.

    “In the summer we will decide what to do.”

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